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In CaLaBaRZon, High Impact Five Health Summits were conducted per province. Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos – Recto, Rizal Gov. Nini Alcantara Ynares, and Quezon Gov. David “Jayjay” Suarez graced us with their presence. An assemblage of Mayors from the region and stakeholders from non-government organizations attended as well.

The Current Health Status of the Region and the concept of High Impact Five were featured during the Hi5 Health Summits. Health Assistant Secretary Gerardo Bayugo, and Health Assistant Secretary Nestor F. Santiago, Jr. delivered the Department of Health Execom Message on separate summits.

Hon. Mayor Samuel B. Ocampo, of San Luis, Batangas; Hon. Mayor Faustino A. Silang of Tayabas, Quezon; Hon. Mayor Antonino A. Aurelio of Rizal, Laguna and Hon. Jovito D. Reyes, of Pangil, Laguna;shared with us their admirable experiences in transforming their local health system to one that is responsive, equitable and sustainable.   

Partnership among stakeholders from national government agencies, local government units, development partners, civil society organizations and business sectors, was the highlight of the Hi5 Health Summits conducted. The commitment of various stakeholders to the implementation of the High Impact Five strategies was secured.

Below is a list of the Hi5 Provincial Health Summits conducted from May 13 to July 8, 2015.

Hi5 Activity Venue Date
I. Rizal Health Summit Rizal Provincial Capitol May 13, 2015
II. Batangas Health Summit Batangas Country Club, Bolbok, Batangas City June 9 & 10, 2015
III. Quezon Health Summit Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City June 17 & 18, 2015
V. Cavite Health Summit Tanza Oasis Resort and Hotel, Brgy Capipisa, Tanza, Cavite June 25, 2015
VI. Laguna Health Summit Splash Oasis & Suites Hotel, Los Baños, Laguna July 7 & 8, 2015

The High Five Gallery took us to the daily activities of our hard-working health care workers in the rural health units who are engaged in their efforts to deliver quality health care to neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. The gallery-showcased photos depicting their part to achieving the time-bound health related Millennium Development Goals.

Provincial Health Offices presented their respective Local Government Unit Scorecard per Inter-Local Health Zone. The health status display was intended to determine if reforms have effectively and equitably achieved goals in health system. Municipalities with notably high HIV cases served as an eye-opener to all. The need to intensify efforts, revise strategies or pursue a “catch up” plan was determined at a glance through the utilization of a color-coding scheme in the LGU scorecards.

Hi5 Health Caravan, our pro-active way of providing access to health services and health information to priority areas.

Quezon province has been identified as one of the provinces belonging to Category 1, or provinces with high poverty magnitude.

The municipalities of Alabat, Agdangan and Burdeos, are included in the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster’s Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program or ASAPP, which seeks to reduce poverty by creating sustainable employment and income generating opportunities for the poor.

CaLaBaRZon High Impact Five team travelled from Manila to the island of Alabat, Quezon on June 23, 2015. The first Hi5 Health Caravan held in the region, followed by Agdangan, Quezon on July 28, 2015.

Alabat Municipal Mayor Fernando L. Mesa warmly welcomed the Hi5 Health Caravan team led by OIC - Regional Director Corazon I. Flores and OIC - Assistant Regional Director Noel G. Pasion.

Mayor Fernando expressed his support to produce the greatest improvement in health outcomes with the highest impact on the priority, vulnerable population.

Dr. Agripino Tullas, Quezon Integrated Provincial Health Officer and Dr. Juvy Paz Purino, Quezon Provincial Health Team Leader, showed their relentless support in delivering basic health services during the health caravans.

Municipal Health Officers Dr. Ruchie Chua Cheng, (Alabat), was also present during the health caravan. Faculty members of Alabat National High School expressed their gratitude to the team for the health services and health information on antenatal care, facility-based deliveries, newborn and under five, nutrition, and family planning.

Municipal Mayor Vicenta Aguilar of Agdangan, Quezon also expressed her support to the High Impact Five Program plans during the caravan held last July 28, 2015

Apart from the maternal and child health-focused health services, the Hi5 Caravan also provides basic laboratory services, free HIV counseling and testing, mobile blood donation, dental services and immunization to senior citizens.

From the Alabat to Agdangan, the caravan travelled to Cavite Province for the conduct of the Buntis Congress. In September, it shall provide health services and health information in Batangas Province followed by the Provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.

With limited amount of time left, CaLaBaRZon shall continue to intensify its regional operations and implement the Universal Health Care High Impact Five Strategy with the theme “Sa tuwid na Daan, Kalusugang Tuloy-tuloy Para sa Pamilyang Pinoy.”


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RIO L. MAGPANTAY, MD, PHSAE, CESO III

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